Welding.. or attempting to weld

So, the floor of the foxbody has to be replaced. Since it is ruined anyway, I decided to practice mig welding the floor pan. Looks to me like it’s about 20-22 gauge steel. I tried using .030 wire with my Hobart Handler 190 on the lowest heat setting and wire speed around 40-50%. Well, that didn’t work so well. I kept burning through the pan. I did notice that if I went with short bursts it did better, but there’s no way in hell I’m getting a solid bead on that. After watching some youtube vids, I tried using .023 or .024 wire. That seems to work out a lot better. Still can’t get a good bead but I can tack it pretty easily. Think I need to turn the wire speed up a little bit more, though. I think I’ll be able to attach the floor pans pretty easily…

… if I can get the old ones out. In order to get the old ones out there are about 60 spot welds that have to be cut out. I bought 4 spot weld cutting bits and went through 2 of them getting 4 of the welds out. LOVELY. Guess I need to find some that are more stout.

to be continued.

Strange dreams?!?

I went to bed early last night due to only getting 3hrs sleep the night before. I woke up around midnight, completely rattled, because of a dream I had. Not exactly sure what it means, but it went something like this…

I was at the beach with friends/family for some R&R. I’m in the water, reading a book, when I notice that the waves start getting bigger. Walking closer to the beach, I look back and see that they are getting close to 20 feet in height. I yell at everyone to look behind them and the waves start crashing into us. Being the diesel guy that I am, the waves didn’t throw me off balance or move me :). Looking up to the sky I see the darkest storm clouds ever.

I finally get out of the water and look behind me. Lightning hits the water about 50ft from where I was standing. As the lightning dissipates, a water spout forms and starts coming toward us. I thought that was pretty cool until I see something that scared the crap out of me. Remember the movie “Leprechaun”? Yeah, that little fella decided to pay us a visit, and jumped out of the water spout. There was something strange about him, though. He had Freddy Kruger’s claws on one hand.

*side note* I used to have nightmares about Freddy all the time...for years.

I run to my car, yelling at everyone to get in. Leprechaun Kruger was hacking and slashing everyone. I’m sitting in the car, waiting for my brother to get in, when the little fella magically appears at my passenger side door.

That’s when I woke up.

Going to do some dream analysis and see what comes up. If any of you have a clue as to what specific things in dreams mean, let me know.

Updates and issues

Well, I start training again today.  I gave up on preparing for the US Open 9 ball tournaments because of the move so I will go back to lifting.  I will be doing 5/3/1 with some gear training mixed in.  Cardio will be done 5-7 days per week mixing steady state and hiit/miit.   Using conservative numbers for my maxes, I expect pr’s to come quickly and easily, but I’m not taking it for granted. 

I need a stackable washer and dryer combo.  Hook it up, please.

*The following is not directed at anyone in particular.  This is for everyone.*

Trust.  You have to earn it with me.  If you’re constantly suspicious of what I’m doing, where I am, who I am talking to, etc, then you do not trust me and I sure as hell don’t trust you.  I do not want people checking up on me constantly – I am a grown ******* man and will do what I want, when I want, and with whom I want.   If this is not acceptable to you then get out of my life.   I know that was harsh but I do not want bs drama.  I have enough to deal with since I’m in a new place, with a new job, old family issues, and new priorities.  There have been numerous people trying to do this lately and I have been weeding them out one by one.  If you are (or you suspect you might be) doing this, stop before I make another trip to the garden to get rid of more weeds.

Have a nice day.